Unrequited love refers to those feelings of love that are not reciprocated.Interpersonal love is most closely associated with interpersonal relationships.Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning.This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of love: infatuated love, self-love, and courtly love.Non-Western traditions have also distinguished variants or symbioses of these states.Interpersonal love refers to love between human beings.It is a much more potent sentiment than a simple liking for a person.
A common principle that people say they love is life itself.
Since the lust and attraction stages are both considered temporary, a third stage is needed to account for long-term relationships.
Attachment is the bonding that promotes relationships lasting for many years and even decades.
Many other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that in English are denoted as "love"; one example is the plurality of Greek words for "love" which includes agape and eros.
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn't love (antonyms of "love").
For example, compassionate outreach and volunteer workers' "love" of their cause may sometimes be born not of interpersonal love but impersonal love, altruism, and strong spiritual or political convictions.